If my mom was still here I would have a Mothers Day lunch for her with all our family who was her world, and make all her favourite food. Her children and grandchildren gathered around our table, beautifully decorated with her favourite garden roses, old silver cutlery, linen napkins and her wine glass that had to be filled with ice when you poured in her white wine (already a light wine). We told her it spoilt the wine…. but she said it was her wine and that’s how she liked it…….and who can argue with that?
She would sit facing the window that looks out into our garden where the bird feeders are, so she could see all the typical garden birds she loved. As always there would be lots of banter amongst all of us, laughter and stories. I can hear her special laugh as she would relish every moment. And these are some of the memories that have kept her with us.
Our starter would be garlic drenched snails which she absolutely loved. She taught my boys to eat these snails from when they were little. We often had people looking at us in restaurants when our 2 year old ordered snails, but boy there wasn’t a morsel or a bit of garlic left when they were finished. To this day, at 30 and 26 they still order snails as their favourite starter!
For main course we would have Mozambique Queen prawns with garlic, Peri peri and lemon butter – her very best. Her second choice would be duck with orange or black cherry sauce, but for this Mothers Day I would make her prawns, because right now I would give her anything just for her to be with us again.
For dessert, because she loved chocolate I would make decadent, gooey middle, caramel brownies with praline crunch, served with Contreau cream and vanilla ice cream.
Happy mothers day mom, I love and miss you more and more each day.